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family and friends came together to mourn, to cry and to remember the 27 lives lost here in newtown, connecticut. >> i'm so sorry. >> reporter: overnight, we learned from those lost, among them, 47-year-old dawn. and victy soto, a first grade teacher, whose first instinct was to protect her students, throwing herself in the line of fire. 20 of 27 victims were students at sandy hook elementary. 20 children. and now, 20 families mourn precious lives lost too soon. >> this scouring event, will be with us and them for years and years to come. >> reporter: and across the country, america mourns. as parents try to explain how a nightmare became a reality. you know, your child does not have have to been at the scene of this tragedy to be traumatized. seeing or hearing the images on the screen are traumatic enough. if you have an older child, make sure you're talking to them about how they're feeling. george? >> okay, amy, thanks. >>> i'm here, now, with james willsie, the cousin of another victim and a hero, vicki soto, a teacher at the school. i'm so sorry for your loss. your cousin, from
. >>> in a few hours, people here in newtown, connecticut, will head to church services to seek comfort and mourn the loss of so many of their loved ones. their friends, family members and many people they have known for so many years. we now know 12 girls and 8 boys were shot to death inside sandy hook elementary school. all of them were either 6 or 7 years old. among them, was emily parker. her father says she could light up a room and was an exceptional artist who always carried around markers and pencils to draw for anyone. her dad said he dwav her a kiss the last time he saw her alive. six adults lost their lives in that tragic shooting. that includes 47-year-old principal dawn hochsprung who was married and had two daughters and three st stepdaughters. one parent said hochsprung was always smiling. and school sipsychologist mary sherlach loved to garden. they will miss her terribly and take comfort knowing she had achieved that dream. the gunman also took the life of a 27-year-old first grade teacher who is being hailed around the world for her bravery. ♪ amazing grace how sweet the sound
this weekend so that "president obama can speak for the nation at this time of mourning." i join the president in condolences and prayers to the victims' loved ones. and at 7:00 p.m. on sunday, there will be an interfaith church service in newtown. the next briefing is expected to be held at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. at msnbc, our continued coverage. we'll continue now and into the night. >>> weekends with alex witt" starts now. >> a quiet corner of america shattered. >> caller indicating she thinks someone is shooting in the building. >> chilling words in the midst of an attack on the least among us. the unimaginable deaths of small children at the hands of a young gunman. an elementary classroom, the killing field. what's left this morning? a small city of grief. a state in mourning. a country with new questions about the price of freedom. good morning, everyone. and welcome to "weekends with alex witt." we're calling it a tragedy, but that particular word nor any other could describe what happened on a cold, bright winter morning in newtown, connecticut. i'm afraid the answers we try to p
, connecticut. a community in mourning after a gunman went on a deadly rampage at an elementary school killing 26 people, 20 of them young children. throughout the day on cnn we will bring you the details of the victims and the investigation. we should tell you the president is on the way here. it has been a day of mourning in this community with memorial services. people are coming to this community from all over the tri-state area, from all over connecticut, new jersey, and new york all around and paying their respects to people. as i drove here today just a few moments ago in this little idyllic town, the roads were all blocked because there were so many people who were trying to get in here just to pay their respects to the people who lost their lives and their family and their loved ones. we have some other big stories that are breaking today and i want to get to atlanta and our deborah feyerick covering them from there. hello. >> hi there. we will have a lot more coming up. we're going to return to you in newtown, don. >> all right. thank you very much. >> first, a mass shooting that has
and that was our last conversation. and then being the wife of such a public man, my morning cou ii mourning could not stay private and i understand that. and i had to plan a memorial that was worthy of such a public man, and that imposed its own stresses. but at the same time, it was a balm, reassuring to me to have discovered that richard had touched so many lives around the world and letters kept pouring in and i red each one. but in reading those letters, decided that i really couldn't stay in our home and in our city of new york if i wanted to get on with my life and that's when it took me to paris. paris is at the heart of this love story because for whatever reason every happy moment in high life seems to have taken place in paris. >> you say in the book what was i if not part of a couple. you are no longer part of mrs. richard holbrooke. >> i don't think i would have discovered really who i am and my strength if i can say that if i had just sailed through life as mrs. holbrooke. >> kati, what do you hope readers will get from this book? >> that there is life after loss. here's the lesson.
's body. how victims of the columbine shooting are mourning. the columbine massacre, 14 years ago, some are now parents themselves. >> you lose the sense that things could never happen to you. so many parents would say, this would never happen to my child's school. well, for me as a parent of a child, i believe this could easily happen at my child's school. that's because it has happened to me before. i would hope that the people involved will walk beside these children and the families for years to come. they have years and years of healing that they're going to be chasing. i hope we can come beside them and encourage them and focus positively on the lives of the ones that were lost. i want you to meet shawn graves. he was shot six times. he ended up in a wheelchair and to this day, he has pain because of it. i spoke with him about how the news of connecticut was affecting him. >> i live with pain physically on a daily basis because of injuries i sustained. but looking back then, i try not to think about it. but when something like this happens, that's the first thing you do, you begin
football fields. sunday night, hundreds of fans gathered for a candle light vigil in los angeles to mourn her death. rivera had just finished a concert in monterrey. this photo taken by her makeup artist moments before the flight shows rivera and the other passengers. the 43-year-old was born in long beach, california, had rinz to worldwide fame singing mexican b banda style music. >> when she was on the stage, he reflected what was happening in her life. >> reporter: rivera, a mother of five and grandmother of two had become a crossover tv star, recently joining the abc television family to star in a self-titled television series. overnight, on twitter, an outpouring of grief from pit bull and gloria es tef fa. to ricky martin and eva longoria, who wrote, we lost a legend today. she was set to take part in the voice mexico. she was 43 years old. >>> also breaking overnight, all eyes on north korea on the verge of a possible rocket launch. they planned to send a satellite into orbit as early as today. a glitch forced them to extend the launch window. >>> growing concern about the health o
get started today. >>> the music industry along with millions of fans are mourning the loss of a powerful female voice. mexican star genie rivera was killed when her plane crashed in the mountains of northern mexico, early sunday. the impact was so severe, that pieces of the plane were found scattered across this wide area. at least five others were on board. some, her closest colleagues, were also killed. rivera had just finished performing in monterey, mexico, telling supporters she was happy with her life. ♪ ♪ >> beyond her 15 million records sold, she was a powerful economic force. she talked about her career with cnn espanol in 2010. >> translator: it is very flattering when they tell me i'm a great artist, a great entertainer, that when i'm on stage, i can entertain the audience, i can go into the recording studio and come up with a great production. before all that i was a business woman. i'm primarily business minded. >> speaking of the businesses, she started several reality shows. she was a judge on the popular tv show called "the voice mexico." and just in oct
, a superstar, dies in a plane crash. now her fans in mourning. we'll have details, straight ahead. >>> a packed two hours for you. new york mayor cory booker will join us. and poet journalist, angela davis will join us as well. gold medal olympic gymnast gabby douglas has written a new book. and judy chu is with us, and the macks join us, and singer adam lambert. monday, december 10th. and "starting point" begins right now. >>> wow, that's an ominous little graphic right there. yes that is because the fiscal cliff is what we're talking about this morning. that's the starting point. president obama and the house speaker speaking face to face for the first time in more than three weeks. the two men who stand between millions of americans and the fiscal cliff sat down, had a conversation. a critical development 22 days away from the cliff, which means severe tax hikes and spending cuts unless the two can find a way to compromise. nobody is saying much. but spokesperson says the lines of communication remain open erskin bowles said this. >> you know, they have started to tango now and any time have
of fans are mourning the death of the mexican-american singer and reality tv star jenni rivera. what a tragic death. >> another sad story. investigators are trying to determine what caused the plane crash that killed jenni rivera and six others in mexico after a weekend concert there. 43-year-old rivera was one of the top stars of the music called bandi. she sold millions of records and once told cnn how she sold cans for scrap metal at the flea market to help make ends meet. she leaves behind five children. >>> former south african president nelson mandela is said to be doing very well. the 94-year-old leader's hospitalized in pretoria for a medical issue the government says is consistent with his age. 19 years ago today, mandela received the nobel peace prize for his human rights contributions in south africa where he spent 27 years in prison as retribution for fighting racial segregation. >>> mcdonald's says sales are up and it's credited a limiting time offering. the credit bacon cheddar sandwich. the cbo, as it's called, is a big factor, according to the fast food chain, which s
at citi.com/pricerewind. >>> welcome back tonight. millions of jenni rivera's fans are mourning her death in a plane crash. her family reeling from the scene. seven people were onboard the learjet. no survivors. it's not yet known what caused the plane to go down. fans admired her not only for her strength but her powerful voice. her album helped put rivera on the map, and some believe her legacy could eclipse that of selena's. singer jenni rivera was a household name to millions in the u.s. and mexico. she released her first album in 1999 and her popularity exploded. she went on to sell more than 15 million records, making her one of the most popular latin artists in the past two decades. she recently won two billboard music awards and was nominated for several latin grammy awards. magazine people in espanol named her to the list of 25 most powerful women. known as the diva, her audience was drawn to her powerhouse spanish language performances of ballads. speaking of the senate foor today, senator marco rubio said rivera was a real american success story. >> she was a singer in a genre
compassionate and more humble people. >> a father in mourning speaking of compassion for others. what happened at that school is sadly just the latest on a long list of violent attacks with guns over the years. when we first heard what happened in connecticut, people probably thought about the other deadly shootings. places like virginia tech or columbine joining me now is pastor rocky veach who was living near littleton, colorado, when the columbine situation occurred. he now lives here in connecticut what do you say for families who come to you and people in this community who weren't even having a loved one at that school but who just -- everybody feels affected. what do you say? >> yeah, as a christian, what can you say to start with? but as a christian, you tell them, there's hope in the lord. god knows where you're at. god cares for you and loves you. rather than saying a lot about jesus, trying to be like jesus. that is what i'm trying to do >> it seems, too, a lot of times just being there is important and listening is as important as what you say. >> yeah, very much so. that's what an
into some kind of altercation with staff members. meantime, the community of newtown is in mourning, some are wearing black ribbons to honor those who died. the local fire house in newtown is also displaying a black ribbon. many in that fire house responded to the scene as the tragedy unfolded on friday. let's go to newtown. that's where msnbc's chris jansing is standing by. so chris, i know we await another news conference. they have been very methodical and precise about the information they are giving out that. first news conference was delayed significantly. you expect that's the reasoning for this one as well? the delay? >> reporter: obviously they want to be very careful. they want to make sure all the information they give out is correct. but senator blumenthal has arrived on the scene. so that would give us an indication that this news conference may get under way fairly quickly. we haven't seen superintendent robinson yet. obviously one of the questions that we want to ask is about the alterercation that pete williams reported as a possible motive or at least one part of the moti
of mexican music. people are mourning the loss of jenni rivera. a 43-year-old singer and reality star died in a plane crash over the weekend along with everyone else on board. men who gave rivera her big break reflects on what her music meant to her fans. >> in mexico, she represents a lot of ladies that, they cannot talk loud. they cannot say their feelings, so the public feel represented by jenni rivera, but the letters, the lyrics of the songs. >> our senior latin american affairs editor, rafael romo, is here and rafael, tell us more about what her music meant to her fans and this was an extraordinary person. >> she had a very powerful voice, first of all, and i think her fans will remember her for empowering women. as our guest was saying just a few moments ago, but i think people will remember her for her ability to connect. she was as popular with mexican americans here in the united states, just as popular as she was in mexico. they called her dina and for anyone who called her on stage, it was easy to see why. she sang heart wrenching ballads that spoke to the common woman, especia
, minnesota. >>> now a tragedy in the world of latin music. fans are mourning one of their greatest stars who was on the verge of crossing over to a wider audience. singer jenni rivera's plane crashed in northern mexico sunday morning. all seven people on board were killed. bill whitaker is in linwood, california, where rivera's fans held a vigil last night. bill, good morning. >> reporter: if you don't know the name of mexican-american singer jenni rivera, chances are you soon would have. she had just signed with a major talent agency here in the states and was tapped to star in her own sitcom. behind it all was a voice that mixed power, drama, and grace beautifully. ♪ to her fans, 23-year-old jenni rivera was more than a singer, she was known as la braun senora, the grande dame of music. >> jenni rivera was bold and brash. she was a very commanding woman with a commanding voice. >> reporter: that voice was silenced early sunday morning soon after this concert in monterrey, mexico, rivera and six others boarded a small plane. this photo is thought to be the final image we have of the singe
sadness and in mourning. you can see the president almost struggle for his own composure at one point. he talked about his girls are slightly older than these kids, but you see how much it hit him on a personal level and how he talked about this sort of being a moment for everybody to put aside whatever differences we have and focus on your own lives and what you can be grateful for and help others. i would point out that he did say while this is not a time to talk policy and i will quote, we are going to have to coming to and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this regardless of the politics. we have to to wonder if that's an indirect reference to fighting for some of those assault weapons banned and reinstatement he once supported or other gun actions he once stood for and has not fought for in the first term. we will follow-up on that at another time. >> any indication when the president will be going to connecticut? >> no. i asked at the white house and they said they don't have any travel to announce to connecticut, but you and i both know that will no doubt most l
was the matriarch, of course, of the media family to be with rupert, her son. she's going to be mourned by a lot of people that she helped. >> there were more than 100 -- we were reading 100 charities that she was involved in. >> absolutely. >> even dealing with kids and health and education and all the things. what really inspired her? what drove her? >> it is a remarkable -- 100 organizations. they say countless thousands of individuals that she helped along the way either through those groups or individually dispensing advice, money, you know, helping people out. the work she did with the hospitals was huge. the children's hospital in melbourne, a research center as well. i think it gives the answer to your question was she said when she was 99 she said looking out for people is the most important thing in life and is the most rewarding. happiness, i think, lies in thought for other people and trying to help them. i mean, whenever you think of rupert murdock or whatever else, this was a lovely lady. >> what does she think of her son's endeavors in the media and all the controversy around the
that they're going to leave, we mourn that only in the fact that it is making this place even more polarized than it already is. i think joe lieberman is a perfect example of that, suzanne. >> what's his next move now? do we know what he plans to do? >> you know, he has children. he has grandchildren. he has a wife who he was just mentioning that he absolutely aadoa ador adores. i would expect him to, even though it's cliche, spend time with his family. he's been a public servant for most of his life. he can make a lot more money than he did here in the united states senate. the other thing about lieberman that probably is important to talk about is that he is as far as i know the only orthodox jew, certainly the only orthodox jew in the senate. that has made him an even more unconventional senator, because there have been times where he has to work on the sabbath and he lives in georgetown. we're on capitol hill. that is miles and miles away. i don't know exactly how many. it's a very long walk, and he even in the snow or the rain, he had been known to walk to work because orthodox jews don
's really one of the most extraordinary singers. she had a reality show and a lot of people really mourning her loss and missing rell activ rel weren't sure she was dead, but we know that her remains were found. the remains of her publicist and plane's co-pilot have also been identified. >>> is the government watching you? that is the question. the answer, yes. if at the present tiit wants to. that's aaccording to the wall street juournal. there are new rules that allow the national counterterrorism center to examine the government files of u.s. citizens for possible criminal behavior and even if there's no reason to suspect them. it was created back in 2004 specifically to use data to connect the dots in the fight against terrorism. i want to bring in julian who wrote the article for the "wall street journal." really fascinating. a lot of people are aalarmed by what we have learned. you spent a lot of time looking at how the rules have changed. before it used to be the national counterterrorism center could not store this information and use this information about ordinary americans unless
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